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Welcome to the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS)


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Education, dollar for dollar, is the best investment in your future you will ever make.  Adults go back to school for many reasons – a good job, a rewarding life, personal satisfaction and enrichment.

The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree program is designed for adults who have been out of school for five or more years.  It provides a way for people who have never gone to college, or for those who attended but never completed college, to earn a degree.  The BGS program makes it possible for participants to apply previous education credits and life’s learned experiences toward a degree program.

At the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education, we work with each student to make his or her academic experience a successful and rewarding one.  Faculty members understand adult students’ needs and enjoy having them in class.  The College offers a wide range of student services to meet adult students’ needs.  Academic advisors stand ready to offer assistance for planning the student’s semester’s courses, the entire degree program, or the next steps after graduation.

The Bachelor of General Studies with two majors was developed at URI in the late 1970s to recognize the rich and varied circumstances adult students bring to the classroom.  The program has expanded to offer two additional majors and a range of credit options that adult students can use to design a degree program that fits their interests and background.  The degree program stresses interdisciplinary study, from the beginning course (Pro Seminar) through the General Education program, the senior interdisciplinary seminars, and many of the majors.  The program of study is highly flexible and adaptable, and allows adult students to discover and explore areas suited to their interests, while at the same time, providing a solid preparation for a career or graduate school.

The BGS program offers a variety of approaches for using previous educational experiences for credit.  Students can apply up to 88 credits of their earlier college course work to the total 118 credits needed for the BGS degree.  It is possible to apply transfer credits from another college or university, including credits earned for an associate’s degree.  Students may also obtain credit by examination, as well as for prior learning, military service, and employer training programs even though these experiences may not have been in a formal classroom.

Students who have graduated from the BGS program have gone on to graduate school in a number of different fields, as well as to successful careers in business, education, health and human services and a variety of other areas.  If you are looking for a degree program that respects the experience that adults bring to the classroom, builds on the learning you have already achieved, and supports adult students throughout their studies, please consider the Bachelor of General Studies.

I invite you to call me to discuss your educational future.

Anne M. Hubbard, Ph.D.
Coordinator, BGS Program

Address: Room 245, Shepard Building
Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education
80 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-277-5160
Fax: 401-277-5168